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Were you surprised by former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak's decision to step down after 29 years in power?

February 17, 2011

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Mike McClellan ( in Tonganoxie) says...

“I was not surprised at his leaving, but I was surprised at the manner of his exit. It says a lot about the civil nature of the Egyptian people, to depose a leader with a minimum of upheaval and violence.”

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Austin Harris ( in Tonganoxie) says...

“If former President Mubarak had stepped down all of the sudden I would have been surprised. But after weeks of pressure, both internationally and domestically, it was only a matter of time, and there was no surprise for me.”

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Lisa Christensen ( in Tonganoxie) says...

“No, I wasn’t. The people weren't going to stop protesting until he stepped down. Had he tried to dispel them with force, he would have risked that the U.S. and other democratic countries would have stopped foreign aid to Egypt because of the human rights violations, so he really had no choice.

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Jason Bailey 3 years, 1 month ago on Were you surprised by former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak's decision to step down after 29 years in power?

He would have risked that the US would have stopped foreign aid? Do you really think that foreign aid matters a hill of beans to despotic leaders unless they can first maintain power and secondly obtain foreign aid? All these guys think about is power. Mubarak didn't care about foreign aid, he was worried that a full-on revolution was about to erupt and didn't want to end up like the Tsars at that country's transformative phase into Red Russia.

Money is not all that people think about, Lisa.

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only1 3 years, 1 month ago on Were you surprised by former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak's decision to step down after 29 years in power?

Money is not all that people think about, but it's the primary thing they think about, at least in this country. Right or wrong, our society is money driven. I think our priorities are jacked up, but it is what it is until we all wake up and actually take action. You don't have to like the fact that money is the biggest motivator in the U.S., but denying that fact isn't going to change it. You seem to really dislike Lisa, but she is just expressing her opinion. Her answers seem logical to me, but I'm not up to date with how this situation relates to the Tsars/Red Russia. Maybe the Mirror could give you your own section so you can enlighten us all?

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Jason Bailey 3 years, 1 month ago on Were you surprised by former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak's decision to step down after 29 years in power?

Historical fact: Revolution happened in Russia, The Tsar ignored it and finally when he did start to exude military force to squash the uprising, it was too late. That would have happened to Mubarak -- he would have been forcibly removed and perhaps mutilated by a mob of frenzied citizens. The Tsar and his family lost their heads. Same corollary.

I wasn't referring to money as a motivator in the US...please read my posts in context. The subject of my sentence in relation to money was despotic leaders/Mubarak. Please keep up.

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